Pet Tales

Freddy the cat is on the road to recovery — and he needs your help

It’s a matter of good fortune that Freddy’s alive.

Several months ago, he was seriously injured, likely due to an ill-timed road crossing. If the car’s blow had been more than glancing, he would have been killed.

Instead, Freddy arrived at our shelter with a severely broken jaw and trauma to his left eye. At a different county shelter, it’s likely Freddy would have been put to sleep.

Fortunately, donations to the shelter’s Animals Requesting Friends (ARF) fund help with shelter animal medical expenses. Because of this, Freddy received the eye care he needed and his jaw — with its multiple fractures — was set.

Freddy’s a sweet, six-year-old silver tabby with charming white socks and neckerchief markings.

He’s a social boy who enjoys interacting with people. He likes being brushed, leans in appreciatively when being petted and has excellent skills as a lap-cat.

It’s been a long road to recovery for Freddy. Thankfully now he’s happily eating soft food and is ready for adoption as an indoor-only cat.

Freddy loves meeting shelter visitors and, being a highly social cat, is unaware that the evidence of his past trauma — snaggletooth mouth and mismatched pupils — make it harder for him to find a loving home.

Freddy believes in the goodness of people and longs for someone who appreciates that his unique appearance is a testimony to his grace in the face of hardship and the enduring beauty of his soul.

For more information about Max (ID No. 227081), call the volunteer line at the Animal Services shelter at 805-781-4413 or visit www.slocounty.ca.gov/aserv. The shelter is located at 885 Oklahoma Ave., off Highway 1, in San Luis Obispo.

The full-price adoption fee is $81 for cats and $115 for dogs, plus a $28 county license fee for dogs, if the adopters are San Luis Obispo County residents.

The adoption fee includes a new collar, a spay or neuter operation, basic vaccinations, a microchip and eligibility for a free veterinary check within San Luis Obispo County. Cats also are tested for feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV), and adopters receive a carrier.

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